Baltimore Ravens to trade Joe Flacco to Denver Broncos

Florence Fletcher
February 14, 2019

Well all of that talk from the team's front office seems to be false now as the Broncos have reportedly acquired quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens via trade according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

According to reports, the Broncos are likely to send a fourth-round pick to Baltimore.

Flacco, 34, played in nine games for the Ravens this past season and threw for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions.

After the Minnesota Vikings chose to move on from Case Keenum in 2018, the veteran quarterback ended up finding a new home with the Denver Broncos.

New Broncos coach Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore while Flacco was with the team.

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The trade can not officially be processed until the new league year begins March 13. Elway and 49ers general manager John Lynch have a working rapport, and Denver (picking at No. 10 overall) has a slew of draft picks to use as part of a possible move up in the draft order.

A first-round draft pick in 2008 (No. 18 overall), Flacco carries a $26.5 million salary cap hit on his current contract. True to his station throughout his National Football League career, Keenum was decent enough, though hardly world-beating, completing 62.3% of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.

Per Schefter, the deal will save the Ravens $10.5 million in cap space. And Flacco has had back and hip troubles in recent seasons, so keeping Keenum is not off the table just yet.

In early 2013, Flacco earned Super Bowl XLVII MVP honors, for a 22-of-33 performance that resulted in almost 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Irrelevant int he 2017 NFL Draft, and he managed to briefly win the backup QB spot behind Case Keenum in 2018. He is to be paid $18.5 million next season, $20.25 million in 2020 and $24.25 million in 2021.

However, Flacco showed up when it counted the most during that 2012 season, and he offered up the best stretch of his career during those 2012 playoffs.

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